Cypress Provincial Park

CypressIt’s nearing the end of the hiking season, but with some above-seasonal days on the horizon, it’s still a great time to hike!

The North Shore Mountains of Vancouver – Cypress, Grouse and Seymour – are spectacular sights that beckon Vancouverites and visitors to leave the city behind and get back to the great outdoors.

Not only do these mountains offer winter recreational activities such as skiing and snowboarding, two of them – Cypress and Seymour – are also designated Provincial Parks with wonderful summer and fall hiking opportunities.

Cypress Mountain is in the midst of its 2010 Olympic venue preparations (hosting snowboarding & freestyle skiing), so there’s construction activity everywhere at the base of the ski hill. But the signs for ‘Hiking’ in the Provincial Park are well placed and easy to follow from the parking lot to the choice of trails available for casual and adventurous hikers alike.

The Yew Lake Trail is an easy 2 km loop through a sensitive sub-alpine eco-system that includes wetlands and old-growth forest. It is wheelchair accessible and child & family-friendly. No dogs are permitted due to the fragile environment.Cypress For more rigorous exercise, a portion of the Baden-Powell Trail leads from Cypress Bowl up Black Mountain and connects to the Cabin Lake Trail loop for a 7 km return trip. The trail incline is quite steep but manageable, even for little legs. Or you can hike the section of the Howe Sound Crest Trail to the Bowen Lookout (3 km return).

The views of the Lions and Howe Sound will reward your efforts, and on a a sunny and crisp autumn day, there is no better place to be.

For more information and up-to-date Trail notices, visit Cypress Provincial Park.

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